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Extended Learning Program (ELP)


Is your child a rapid learner who put thoughts together quickly?

Does your child have an excellent memory or an unusually large vocabulary?

Does your child have an advanced comprehension of word nuances, metaphors and abstract ideas?

If so, the district’s Extended Learning Program may be a good fit for your child. 



 The magnet ELP make-up application window for students entering grades K-8 for the 2019-2020 school year is now open. 

  • Please fill out an application for assessment by clicking on the link above for the grade your child is entering in 2019-2020. 
  • The application window will close on June 4, 2019 at noon.
  • Parents who apply will be notified of an assessment date and time.
  • Assessments will be administered between June 10 - 13, 2019.
  • Notification of eligibility will take about one month. 

Submit applications in one of the following ways:

  • Email to anneli.segura@slcschools.org
  • Fax to 801-578-8266
  • Postal mail or bring in to District Office: Salt Lake City School District Office ELP Department, 440 E 100 S, SLC, UT  84111                                                                         

The link to the Click here PDFs for Elementary and Secondary can be found on the USBE website here:




The Extended Learning Program supports the mission of Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) to cultivate a love of learning in a diverse and inclusive school community, committed to educational excellence and integrity. In collaboration with families and community, we hold high expectations for all students, respond effectively to individual needs, and provide a safe, healthy environment in which every student can learn the academic, problem-solving and social skills required for success in college, career, and life. The district has designed and implemented an Extended Learning Program to meet the cognitive and affective needs of identified gifted students. Through ELP, a continuum of program options provides a beneficial learning environment and curriculum designed to meet the needs of gifted/talented and high ability students.


Discovering Through Depth and Complexity

Depth: understanding a topic beyond surface knowledge. Depth encourages students to venture further, deeper, with greater elaboration, through quality of subject matter, rules and ethics, language, and patterns. It involves learning from:

  • Concrete to abstract
  • Familiar to unfamiliar
  • Known to unknown
  • Literal to symbolized

Complexity: understanding a topic with more abstract thinking. Complexity helps students make connections and identify relationships and associations between, within, and across subjects and disciplines. It focuses on:

  • Varying perspectives
  • Issues, problems, and themes
  • Conceptual learning


Extended Learning Program services are provided to meet the needs of identified gifted/talented and high ability students. ELP services offer students the opportunity to engage in learning with greater depth, complexity, and rigor, through differentiated curriculum and instruction. ELP coursework is extended beyond the general education classroom and is more abstract and complex, giving students greater depth of understanding. Skill development with higher order thinking skills in both critical and creative thinking is an important part of the students' experiences. Certified teachers with a Gifted and Talented Endorsement teach ELP classes. The Extended Learning Program serves gifted/talented and high ability students in elementary and middle schools with two service models, Magnet ELP and Neighborhood ELP.


The Magnet Extended Learning Program (MELP) is a district administered program in which students are identified by national normed assessment measures. Required scores are determined at the district level. Qualified students have the option to participate in MELP, NELP, or decline either program.

  • Elementary Magnet ELP is a full day program at Emerson (1-6), Hawthorne (K-6), and Whittier (K-6) schools, taught by certified teachers who also have or are receiving a Gifted and Talented Education Endorsement.
  • Middle School Magnet ELP serves students in four core subjects at Clayton, Hillside, and West High School.


The Neighborhood Extended Learning Program (NELP) is in all Salt Lake City School District elementary and middle schools.

  • In elementary schools, Neighborhood ELP is a pull-out program that serves students in grades 4-6 in their neighborhood elementary schools.
  • In middle schools, Neighborhood ELP serves students in up to four core subjects.




Michele Riggs
Michele Riggs Supervisor-Extended Learning

Send Michele Riggs a Message


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Anneli Segura Admin Secretary Department/School Send Anneli Segura a Message
Lucy Jacob-Nichols School Psychologist Send Lucy Jacob-Nichols a Message
Camille Gambles Education Specialist Send Camille Gambles a Message
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